Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Engineer John Thomas DeLucchi, 54, of Las Vegas passed away on Saturday Oct. 19, 2013, after a long bout with brain cancer. He has been a member of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue for the past 23 years as a firefighter, paramedic and engineer. He was the driver of Engine 6 for most of his engineer career.
He is the fourth firefighter that has fallen due to brain cancer over the past ten years. In the state of Nevada, cancer deaths are considered a line of duty death for firefighters. Cancer is one of the leading causes of death for firefighters nationwide.
Visitation will be Monday, Oct 28, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Palm Northwest Mortuary, 6701 N. Jones. Blvd.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m.
Engineer DeLucchi’s Official Obituary from Palm Northwest Mortuary and Cemetary
The family has requested donations be made to an account that the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association (LVFBA) has set up. The account is at Bank of America, account number 501016164507. The family will then donate 100 percent of the money to a cancer charity of their choice. You can stop in to any Bank of America branch or visit www.LVFBA.com for more information.
Official photo of Engineer DeLucchi on Las Vegas Firefighters IAFF Local 1285 website.
A motorcade (with the fallen firefighter riding on the hose bed of Engine 6) will leave Fire Station 6 at approximately 8:45 a.m. It will proceed up Torrey Pines escorted by various police and fire units along West Charleston Boulevard to Rainbow, then north on Rainbow, then proceed north on U.S. 95 to Ann Road. It will turn left on Ann Road and proceed to and right on Grand Canyon to Azure Dr. Left on Azure Dr to the LDS Church at 10070 Azure Dr. At Eula Street, the motorcade will be joined by a walking procession of firefighters, four abreast walking to the church.
A large 30 X 50 U.S. Flag will hang from two ladder trucks over Azure just prior to the church.
Service in the church will start at approximately 10 a.m. and last for approximately two hours.
Firefighters will line both sides of Azure Dr as the motorcade leaves the church enroute to the cemetery. The service at the cemetery is private for family only.
As the motorcade proceeds along U.S. 95, fire units and firefighters will be on standby on the bridges over the freeway to Ann Road waiting to pay their last respects.
Traffic will be slightly impeded as the motorcade makes its way to the church. It will be escorted by Metro police and Nevada Highway Patrol and traffic will be stopped as the motorcade proceeds past for only a few minutes. There will be no more than ten vehicles in the mechanical procession in addition to law enforcement escort.
Once on the highway, they will proceed at 35 miles per hour which will slow traffic for only a few minutes.
In the area of the church, traffic will be congested from approximately 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Neighbors in the area have been notified.
Media will not be permitted to follow the motorcade. It is suggested you have someone video from one of the bridges along U.S. 95 from W. Lake Mead to Craig.
Best vantage point to see all of the motorcade and walking procession will be west of the Church on Azure Dr.
I will meet the media at the intersection of Azure Dr and Egan Crest Dr which is just west of the Church and I will assist in helping you get your shots. Enter Azure Drive off Michell Crest Way off Ann Road near Clark County 215. I can be reached at (702) 303-2993.